Foundational Primer on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development constitutes a paradigm shift that requires us to better understand and articulate a narrative around what we mean by sustainable development, how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) interrelate across various sectors, and what it will take to achieve them. Fundamentally, achieving the SDGs requires the active involvement of all stakeholders across various sectors: UN, national governments, private sector, civil society, academia and all people. The goal is to promote and pursue a whole-of-government and whole-of-society vision and put in place processes that engages all their societies with an eye to meeting the SDG challenges. The United Nations should be prepared to assist member states in this endeavor.

This SDG Primer aims to establish a common narrative for the UN system on the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. It is primarily meant to inform, in broad terms, the programmes, projects and actions of all UN entities, as well as their engagement with their partners in government and civil society.

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